On December 15, 2004, Nigeria's National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) and CGWIC signed the NigcomSat-1 communications satellite in-orbit delivery contract in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria.
On May 14, 2007, NigComSat-1 was successfully launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center (XSLC) aboard an enhanced LM-3B (LM-3B/E) launch vehicle. On July 6, 2007, CGWIC delivered the NigComSat-1 satellite in orbit to Nigerian CommunicationS Satellite Ltd. (NigComSat Ltd.), along with a tracking station in Kashi of China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and one fully operational ground station in Abuja, Nigeria. A 15-year operational support service and a comprehensive training program have also been provided as part of the contract. NigComSat-1 was China's first commercial in-orbit delivery telecommunications satellite.
On November 11, 2008, NigComSat-1 failed in orbit after running out of power due to solar array anomaly.
On March 24, 2009, the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, NigComSat Ltd. and CGWIC sighed the NigcomSat-1R satellite in-orbit delivery contract. NigComSat-1R is also a DFH-4 satellite, and is expected to be delivered in 2011 as a replacement for the failed NigComSat-1.
The NigcomSat-1 is equipped with 28 transponders on board in four (4) frequency bands ( 8 Ka-band, 14 Ku-band, 4C-band and 2 L-band) . In order to satisfy the complicated coverage area requirements, the satellite is fitted with a total of seven shaped communication antennae. With a lift-off mass of 5,086kg, the NigcomSat-1 satellite will be positioned at 42 degrees east longitude over the equator, with an end-of-life power of over 8KW, and a design orbit life span of 15 years.
On November 1, 2005, the Venezuelan Ministry of Science and Technology and China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC) signed a contract for the in-orbit delivery of Venezuela Communications Satellite (VeneSat-1).
On October 30, 2008, an LM-3B/E launch vehicle successfully launched VeneSat-1 from Xichang Satellite Launch Center. The satellite, two ground stations respectively located in Bamari and Luepa, Venezuela, and a teleport located in Bamari were successfully handed over to the customer on December 1, 2008.
VeneSat-1 is CGWIC's first satellite in-orbit delivery contract signed with a Latin American customer, and also marks the first space cooperation project between China and Venezuela.
The VeneSat-1 Communications Satellite was designed and manufactured by China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). It is a communications satellite based on the DFH-4 satellite platform, and is fitted with 28 transponders, including 14 C-band, 12 Ku-band and 2 Ka-band transponders. To meet the complicated coverage requirements, VeneSat-1 is fitted with four shaped communication antennas covering South America and the Caribbean. The lift-off mass of VeneSat-1 is about 5050kg. Its end-of-life power exceeds 7.75 KW and the satellite has a service life span of 15 years.
On October 15, 2008, the Pakistan Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC) signed a contract for the PakSat-1R satellite in beijing.
The PakSat-1R contract is the third communications satellite contract signed by China's space industry with international customers. It is also China's first satellite in-orbit delivery contract signed with an Asian customer.
The PakSat-1R satellite will be positioned at 38 degrees east longitude, and will provide telecommunications and broadcast services to Pakistan. The satellite is based on the three-axis-stabilised DFH-4 satellite platform developed by China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), and is fitted with 12 active C-band and 18 active Ku-band transponders. The service life span of the satellite will be 15 years. PakSat-1R satellite was successfully launched on board the LM-3B launch vehicle developed by CALT from XSLC on Aug.12, 2011; and was delivered in orbit to SUPARCO on Nov.1. On Nov.30,Lahore and Karachi ground stations were also successfully delivered.
On March 24, 2009, the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Nigerian Communication Satellite Ltd. (NigComSat Ltd.) and China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC) signed a contract in Beijing for the in-orbit delivery of the NigComSat-1R satellite.
The NigComSat-1R satellite is based on the DFH-4 satellite platform developed by China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). Fitted with a total of 28 transponders ( 8 Ka-band, 14 Ku-band, 4 C-band and 2 L-band), the satellite will be positioned at a longitude of 42.5'E over the equator, and will have a design life span of 15 years.
The satellite will replace the NigComSat-1, which failed in orbit in November 2008 due to solar array anomaly. NigcomSat-1R satellite was successfully launched on board the LM-3B launch vehicle developed by CALT from XSLC on Dec.20, 2011; and was delivered in orbit to NIGCOMSAT LTD. on March 2,2012.
On February 25, 2010, China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), China Asia-Pacific Mobile Communications Satellite Company Limited (APMT) and Laos National Authority for Science and Technology (NAST) under Prime Minister's Office PDR, jointly signed the Contract for Lao Satellite Broadcasting and Telecommunication System Construction (LAOSAT-1). This is the fifth satellite contract signed by CGWIC on an in-orbit-delivery basis with international customer.
This satellite will be manufactured on the basis of the Dongfanghong series of platforms designed and developed by China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). It will be launched by an LM-3B launch vehicle provided by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre (XSLC). China Satellite Launch & Tracking Control General (CLTC) will undertake the launch and TT&C operation.
Tupak Katari Program
2010, China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), and the Bolivian Space Agency (ABE) signed the Contract for Tupak Katari Communications Satellite Program in La Paz, the administrative capital city of Bolivia. Mr. Ivan Zambrana, Executive General Director of ABE, and Mr. Yin Liming, President of CGWIC, executed the contract as the representative of each party.
According to the contract, CGWIC is going to deliver Tupak Katari communications satellite in orbit and the relevant ground application system to Bolivia. The satellite will be developed on the basis of the DFH-4 platform, which is manufactured by China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). With 30 transponders on board, the designed in-orbit life of Tupak Katari satellite is 15 years. It will be launched by the LM-3B/E launch vehicle developed by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), from Xichang Satellite Launch Center (XSLC). China Satellite Launch & Tracking Control General (CLTC) is responsible for the ground segment. The satellite is estimated to be delivered in orbit 33 months after the effective date of the contract.
The spacecraft, named after a national hero, Tupac Katari, will be the first communications satellite of Bolivia. It will not only provide communications and broadcasting services to the whole territory of Bolivia and the surrounding areas, but also facilitate the development of civil projects like remote education and telemedicine.
This is the sixth communications satellite in-orbit delivery contract signed by CGWIC with international customer. The project opens a new page of Sino-Bolivia aerospace high technology cooperation, and is attached great importance by both parties. China Development Bank is going to provide commercial loan support for Tupak Katari satellite program.